U.S. E-Commerce Holiday Spending Surges by Mid-November After Slow Start to Season

Comscore Estimates Retail E-Commerce Spending will Increase by 20 Percent and Approach $30 Billion for the Nov – Dec 2007 Holiday Season

RESTON, VA, November 20, 2007 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the first in a series of twice weekly holiday season e-commerce updates, revealing that the first 18 days of the holiday season saw more than $7 billion in online retail spending, a 17-percent gain versus the corresponding days last year.

2007 Holiday Season To Date vs. Corresponding Days in 2006
Non-Travel (Retail) Spending
Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: Comscore, Inc.
  Billions ($)
Holiday Season to Date 2006 2007 Pct Change
November 1 – 18 $6.01 $7.04 17%

“The online holiday shopping season got off to a slow start in the first week of November, but it has since picked up sharply,” said Comscore Chairman Gian Fulgoni. “Sales in the first ten days of November were up modestly versus year ago, but surged to levels in excess of 20 percent by mid-November. It’s likely that warmer than average weather at the beginning of November kept people outdoors and away from their computers, weighing down early holiday season sales, especially for key online categories like apparel. The growth rates during the second and third weeks of November are likely to be better indicators of how the remainder of the season will play out.”


Weekly Online Holiday Retail Sales

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Comscore 2007 Retail E-Commerce Forecast

Comscore also announced its official forecast for 2007 holiday e-commerce spending, projecting that the months of November and December will see approximately $29.5 billion in online consumer spending, representing a 20-percent increase versus last year’s holiday season.

Online Non-Travel (Retail) Holiday Consumer Spending
Excludes Auctions and Large Corporate Purchases
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: Comscore, Inc.
  Billions ($)
2006 2007 Pct Change
January – October $77.5 $93.6 21%
Holiday Season (Nov-Dec) $24.6 $29.5* 20%*

*Comscore forecast

About Comscore

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Bill Daddi
Daddi Brand Communications